If you’re looking for weird and wacky events and attractions in the Cotswolds you will be spoilt for choice in this beautiful part of England.
The Cotswolds is famous for its stunning scenery, its natural attractions and its quirky events.
Some of the most weird and wacky events to take place in the Cotswolds include:
The Randwick Wap
The Randwick Wap is a traditional event held in the village of Randwick near Stroud. Usually held on the second Saturday in May, this revived ancient festival includes a costumed procession and the ceremonial ‘dunking’ of the mayor in the village pond.
Dating back to the Middle Ages, the Randwick Wap has grown to become a major tourist event, attracting visitors from all over the world.
The Mayor-elect is presented with a chain of office by his predecessor and the Wap Queen is crowned before they are both carried through the village to cheers from the crowds!
The Bibury Duck Race
The Bibury Duck Race is one of the Cotswolds’ more unusual traditions which attracts visitors from all over England and beyond.
Each year on Boxing Day, the sleepy village is transformed as hundreds of spectators from near and far gather along the River Coln, which runs through Bibury.
At 11am two races see over 2,000 ducks being unleashed down the river. Each duck can be sponsored for charity. The first 20 ducks and the last duck receive prizes.
One of the most unusual events in the Cotswolds, the Bibury Duck Race is a major annual attraction in the village.
The Tetbury Woolsack Races
Celebrating its wool heritage, the Tetbury Wool Sack Races date back hundreds of years.
This gruelling event is held on the Spring Bank Holiday Monday at the end of May and involves runners carrying sacks of wool up Gumstoll Hill, an extremely steep street in the centre of Tetbury.
The men’s wool sacks weigh 60lb and the women’s 35lb. The course runs 240 yards and was originally attempted by young drovers showing off to local women by running up the hill carrying a wool sack.
The event is popular with families and also raises money for local causes.
River football at Bourton-on-the-Water
One of the most iconic events in the Cotswolds is the annual football in the river match in Bourton-on-the-Water, held every August Bank Holiday Monday.
The usually calm river is disturbed by two athletic teams of players from Bourton Rovers Football Club.
The event dates back over 100 years and attracts thousands of spectators to this picturesque Cotswold village. Goalposts are set up in the river and a qualified referee is in charge.
Strangely enough the rules are exactly the same as they are for a normal football match, but the action is much more fun!
Cheese Rolling at Cooper’s Hill
Probably the wackiest event in the Cotswolds, Cheese Rolling at Cooper’s Hill sees competitors hurtling down a very steep hill in pursuit of a 9lb round of Double Gloucester. Not for the faint-hearted, the Spring Bank Holiday Event run, tumble and stumble over the finish line to claim the cheese as their prize.
Competitors from all over the world take part. Due to the steepness and the uneven surface of the hill, a number of injuries are recorded each year.
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